Barras and Scots draw

The Hebou PNG Barramundis and Scotland battled their way to a draw on the final day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Port Moresby.

Starting the day at 9/482, Scotlands’ Mark Watt (81*) and Chris Sole (21) managed to take the score beyond 500 runs before Barras’ debutant, Damien Ravu picked up his maiden wicket trapping Sole lbw when the score reached 514.  

Trailing by 110, the Barras got off to a shaky start when opener Vani Vagi Morea (13) was dismissed by Alasdair Evans.

Lega Siaka (83) and Tony Ura (75) batted brilliantly to post a century partnership for the second wicket to take any realistic chance of Scotland taking outright points.

After they were dismissed by Michael Leask and Calum Macleod, Barras’ captain, Assad Vala (61*) and Sese Bau (21*) guided the home side to 3/263 at stumps on day four to force a draw.

“We played a really good game, posting some really big totals and against some really quality opposition. They got the first innings lead, but our boys fought back really well.

“We created some opportunities out there but unfortunately we were unable to make them count which cost us in the end, but we hope that we learnt from this in time for our final ICC ICUP Match against Hong Kong in UAE later in the year.

“We are very proud of how we played out there over these past couple of days,” said Vala.

Match Summary


1st Innings

Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/404 (116.3) Norman Vanua 64 (124), Chad Soper 60 (142)ese Bau 51 (85), Lega Siaka 48 (84), Jack Vare-Kevere 42 (98), Damien Ravu 32 (35), Safyaan Sharif 4/94 (26), Michael Leask (2/40 (8.3), Alasdair Evans 2/99 (27)


Scotland 10/514 (168.2) Richie Berrington 129 (297), Mark Watt 81* (166), Michael Leask 58 (86), George Munsey 53 (90), Calum Macleod 49 (77), Mahuru Dai 3/91 (37), Chad Soper 2/54 (26), Assad Vala 1/23 (9), Lega Siaka 1/27 (10)


2nd Innings

Hebou PNG Barramundis 3/263 (68) Lega Siaka 83 (135), Tony Ura 75 (112), Assad Vala 61* (92), Sese Bau 21* (53)


Both teams have today off, before getting back onto Amini Park to play two ICC World Cricket League Championship fixtures on Friday 6 and Sunday 8.

Troy Taule